Mitchell Marsh scored 86 runs from just 51 balls against South Africa at Harare © AFP
Mitchell Marsh scored 86 runs from just 51 balls against South Africa at Harare © AFP

By Rajarshi Majumdar

Sep 2, 2014

Mitchell Marsh recorded the highest strike rate in an One-Day International (ODI) for Australia against South Africa at the Harare Sports Club on Tuesday. His innings of 86 runs came in just 51 balls at a strike rate of 168.62. At a moment, it looked like Australia will not cross the 250 runs mark as they were struggling in the middle-overs. Mitchell Marsh came out to bat when Australia were reduced to four for 152 in the 35th over. He was slow initially but started to take on the South African bowling attack after the 44th over.

He played a little gem towards the back end of the Australian innings. Brad Haddin was struggling at the other end. Someone had to take the initiative to up the tempo of the innings so Marsh launched a serious attack. He hit Dale Steyn for three sixes back to back in the 47th over. It was because of Marsh that Australia managed to score 80 runs in their last five overs, thereby putting up a decent total on the scoreboard.

Here’s a list of the top ten Australian batsmen with highest strike rate in ODIs:

Player  R B 4s  6s  SR Opposition  Ground  Date
Mitchell Marsh 86* 51 5 7 168.62 vs South Africa Harare 02-Sep-14
Mike Hussey 81 51 9 3 158.82 vs South Africa Johannesburg 12-Mar-06
Damien Martyn 50 32 10 0 156.25 vs South Africa Cape Town 14-Apr-00
Ricky Ponting 164 105 13 9 156.19 vs South Africa Johannesburg 12-Mar-06
Adam Gilchrist 52 34 8 2 152.94 vs South Africa Port Elizabeth 06-Apr-02
Matthew Hayden 101 68 14 4 148.52 vs South Africa Basseterre 24-Mar-07
Brett Lee 51* 36 2 4 141.66 vs South Africa Perth 03-Feb-02
Mike Hussey 62 44 9 0 140.9 vs South Africa Melbourne (Docklands) 03-Feb-06
Adam Gilchrist 88 66 14 0 133.33 vs South Africa Sydney 05-Feb-06
Brad Haddin 78 61 7 4 127.86 vs South Africa Port Elizabeth 13-Apr-09

(Rajarshi Majumdar is a reporter at CricketCountry. He played cricket for all age levels under the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) for over 12 years. Apart from cricket he is an avid follower of football, supports Manchester United and a foodie at heart)